Sooo call me morbid, but I kinda love the post-apocalyptic scenario when it comes to storytelling. TV shows, movies, books, I’m not picky. To be honest, I didn’t even realize how much I enjoyed post-apocalyptic stories until one of my friends pointed it out. So, since I seem drawn to such a dark realm of storytelling (although I’ve yet to try my hand at it when it comes to original writing), I thought I may as well suck you in along with me 🙂
Here are some of my post-apocalyptic recs:
Swan Song: Swan Song is a post-apocalyptic novel by Robert McCammon. It’s been one of my favorite books since I first read it when I was 12, and it was the story that made me want to become a writer. Since I love this novel so much, I want to share the official blurb that you can find on Amazon:
In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, Earth’s last survivors have been drawn into a final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity. There’s Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets…Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station…and Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with her gifts. But the ancient force behind earth’s devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army…beginning with Swan herself.
This book is amazing, and I buy a copy for all of my loved ones and make them read it. I haven’t had one complaint yet. Read it and fall in love like I did 😉
The Walking Dead (TV Show): I won’t lie, this show isn’t as exciting as it used to be – the novelty has for sure worn off, and now that Andrew Lincoln is departing this season, I am shooketh, buttt, you can’t write a list about post-apocalyptic shiz and not include TWD. I won’t go into spoiler territory, but I’m sure most people know that TWD is based off of a graphic novel by Robert Kirkman. The story focuses on Rick Grimes, a deputy from Georgia, who was shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma to find a zombie apocalypse is the new way of the world. The show has a great cast, some of the minor characters ever-revolving, and a lot of zombies, violence, and gore (which makes me frequently cover my eyes). There’s usually an awesome villain of the season, many of whom are, if you can believe it, more intimidating that flesh-eating brain biters. Annnd, Idgaf – I love Negan 😉
Snowpiercer: I may or may not have been originally hyped to see this movie because I love Chris Evans, but holy effff, this movie is good. Here’s the gist (stolen from Amazon): A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world. I’m not gonna lie, this movie is violent, gritty, and DARK. In fact, I think I’ve only watched it twice, because after viewing it, you kinda feel like an emotional wasteland, but it’s sooo good. Lots of great actors, lots of feels, and it’s just visually stunning and unique.
The 100: The 100 is a post-apocalyptic TV show that airs on The CW (don’t judge me). It was developed by Jason Rothenberg and is loosely based on a trilogy by Kass Morgan. The show follows a group of teenagers as they become the first humans to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse. This show is like a younger, hipper version of The Walking Dead, minus the zombies and plus a lot of flashbacks and sci-fi awesomeness. It’s gritty and often violent, especially for a YA show, and it has a great cast.
The Hunger Games (books): I got sucked into The Hunger Games a few years ago, just like loads of others. I’m recommending the books over the movies here, as I find the movies pretty underwhelming (although I love a lot of the actors in them). The Hunger Games is a post-apocalyptic trilogy by Suzanne Collins and it’s set in a country consisting of 12 impoverished districts led by a wealthy capitol. Each year, children from each district are selected to participate in a televised death match. Although The Hunger Games is more dystopian (character vs. society) than post-apocalyptic (character vs. nature or character), it’s close enough to be included, and I highly recommend them for a quick, riveting read!
Mad Max: Fury Road: I heard a lot of good buzz about Mad Max: Fury Road, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the original series of movies starring Mel Gibson. Still, I gave the film a chance, and man am I glad I did. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road is set in a future desert wasteland and follows Max (Hardy) and Furiosa (Theron) as they flee (in an armored tanker truck – so total cool points) a crazy cult leader and his army. This film is seriously insane and violent, but it’s probably the most visually interesting film I’ve ever seen. After I first watched it, I remember turning the bluray off, and just sitting there stunned. I think even if this genre isn’t your jam, you should watch the movie just to see it.
I’m not really sure why I’m so drawn to post-apocalyptic stories. Perhaps it’s something about the idea of surviving some insane, tragic premise and the long road of rediscovering yourself and the new way of life in the aftermath. Also, it could just be because I’m a total nerd for zombies, but at least I have good taste (and I’d probably taste good to zombies ::rimshot::).